Miles' claims have been met with a significant degree of skepticism. Image Credit: CC 2.0 JDP90
An Australian weather modification firm has drawn fierce criticism for selling rainfall to drought-hit farmers.
Inventor David Miles, who has been developing weather modification technology for decades, maintains that he has created a device that can actually make it rain on demand.
Unfortunately however he won't reveal to anyone how the technology works because he is worried about a rival firm stealing it or the military using it to create some form of weather weapon.
The only clue so far is that the device allegedly uses something called 'electromagnetic scalar waves.'
"There's no way we want to con anyone," he said. "We've been able to make adjustments to approaching weather and we want to be able to offer that to the rest of Australia."
Miles is now selling his services in a limited capacity to drought-hit farmers in the form of a three-month $50,000 contract. If he fails to make it rain, the client won't have to pay anything at all.
"They signed the agreement that if by the end of June they'd received 100mm, they pay $50,000, if they only receive 50mm, they would only pay $25,000," he said.
"Anything under half we don't want to be paid."
Miles' ultimate goal is to raise $10 million so that he can build a facility to develop the idea further.
Not everyone however is enthusiastic about his claims - the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has actually warned people not to do business with him.
"It's preying on people's desperation," said deputy chairman Mick Keogh.
"If you wanted to prosecute a court requires you to prove essentially that there's no basis for the claims being made and that is a very difficult thing to do."
"By far the very best defence against them is widespread consumer education. It's up to individuals obviously to make their own mind up. If it sounds too good to be true it probably is."
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